Saturday, February 17, 2007

NMCRS Basketweave Blanket V.2-updated 11/13/08

I knit a lot of charity items for various projects. When I taught at my daughter's office, this was a pattern that I brought in so excited new knitters could be off and running.

NMCRS Basketweave Blanket V.2
4 skeins Red Heart TLC Lustre 5oz skeins [Solids: 5 oz (141 g) - Approx. 253 yd (231 m)] / 700 yards(640 m) of worsted weight yarn.
(US) 9 (5.5mm) needles (suggest 32-40” circulars)
Finished size: ~ 36” square

*sl 1 = slip one stitch as if to knit

C/O 136 sts
Rows 1-16: sl 1st stitch of each row, k across
R 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27: sl 1, k across
R 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28: sl 1, k7(edge stitches), p8, (k8 , p8 ) 7 times, k 8 (edge stitches)
R 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39: sl 1, k across
R 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40: sl 1, k7, k8, (p8, k8) 7 times, k8
R 41-208: repeat rows 17-40, 7 more times for a total of 8 pattern repeats.
R 209-224: sl 1, knit across
R 225: B/O in K.

Weave in ends.

*Note: if you wish to make this blanket a bit longer, you’ll need 6 skeins of TLC Lustre ultra soft yarn, and repeat the center pattern section (rows 17-40) for a total of 10 times rather than 8. The length should come to ~47". Or knit to desired length, allowing for extra yarn as needed.

© Cathy Waldie, April 24, 2005, revised
Update: 10/15/08
I'm going to update this pattern with the additional information I got when making the Red Blanket with Lion Brand Cotton Ease. Adding it here might make it easier for everyone to find.

There are a few things I noticed with this different fiber content starting with the way it knitted up 'shorter' than my previous blankets. I'm assuming that is due to the cotton content. To combat that effect, I extended the pattern repeats once more for a total of nine, rather than the original pattern of eight.

Knitting Stats:

9 pattern repeats to allow for cotton shrinkage
5 skeins of yarn - Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, in Cherry Red, [label: 17 sts/24 rows=4"/10 cm, with (US)8 (5.0 mm), 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 3.5 oz (100 g), 207 yds, 188 m]
size (US) 8 (5.0 mm) Addi Turbo needles
Pre-dryer blocking:36" x 38.5" slightly stretched...(smoothed out on the bed)gauge preblock: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4"/10 cm in stockinette st.

Post-dryer blocking:33 3/4" x 38 1/2"15 sts x 23.5 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in st. st.

Update 11/13/08

Pink blanket particulars:
NMCRS Basketweave Baby Blanket, ver. 2

5 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby in Rumba Rose (actually about 4 1/2 or so) Used the yarn double stranded.
(US) 8 (5.0mm) for the top and bottom borders and (US) 10 (6.0mm) circular needles for the body of the pattern.
Knit pattern from rows 1-208 as written, then repeat rows 17-28 once more, before knitting rows 209-225 to finish the blanket.


Yvette said...

Hi welcome to the world of blogging!! I don't know what I am doing either!!!




lauriec said...

Yay! You're finally blogging! Beautiful blankets! i love basketweave patterns!

bruinmom99 said...

Thank you both very much for your support and means a lot to me!
happy knitting!

Knitcrazy said...

Thanks Cathy for emailing me the info..
Love it !!!


Bernie said...

Love your blog and your really great patterns. I have a soon to be 30 yr old daughter, so I can relate to the slumber parties and cupcakes. I would like to know if I could print your basketweave pattern for my own use, I have no grandchildren yet but would love to make that blanket for 'someday'! Bernie

Michele said...

I love this pattern for a nice cozy blanket and think I'll try making one. I was given 9 balls of Patons Canadiana Sayelle (50g) yarn and think it will look nice. I would like to make it a little bigger though . . . would I just add on stitches by the 16's?

Linda said...


I would like to make the basketweave baby blanket for a friend's daughter, who will be having her first child in April. This will be my first knitted blanket. Could you send me the pattern? Thanks very much in advance!


Cathy said...

Linda, the pattern is right her on this page of the blog. May I suggest you use copy and paste it to your computer? Or put it into an email and send it to yourself? Enjoy!

breakmydreams said...

Very pretty blankets and a great project for first time knitters to start with when they want to make their first knitted blanket.

bubbe said...

Does this pattern make a reversible blanket? Thank you.


Cathy said...

No it does not.